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Story Of Kadamba Tree And Shiva Associated with Madurai Meenakshi Temple

Kadamba Tree is the sthala vriksham of Madurai Meenakshi Temple and the story of Kadamba Tree and Lord Shiva begins in Vedic age. A withered relic of the Kadamba tree associated with the legend is preserved at Meenakshi Temple. Indra was cursed with Brahmahatya after killing Vishvarupa and Vritrasura. As a result of the sin, Indra could no longer live in the heaven. The sin took the form of repulsive figure and followed him constantly. To escape from the sin, he took refuge in the stems of lotus flowers in the Mansarovar Lake for a thousand years. Deva Guru Brihaspati took pity on Indra and asked him take the blessings of Shiva by visiting sacred places associated with Shiva on earth. Indra then visited all the known sacred places on earth associated with Shiva like Ganga, Kashi, Kedarnath etc. But still the sin followed him. Finally, Indra took refuge in a grove of Kadamba tree near a pond in South India. For the first time after thousands of years Indra felt a pro

Know Your Truth And Do Not Mock The Truth Of Another

The way in which Supreme Truth is understood differs from person to person. This diversity should be respected. When it is not respected, we have problems in the human world. The first lesson therefore is to never mock the truth of another person. And if you know your truth well you will never mock another person's truth. The greatest tragedy of the present world is monolithic religions which force people to believe that only their god is true. This has resulted in the world turning into a cauldron of hate, intolerance and violence. A group that has a similar idea of Supreme Truth are blind followers. They have not realized the Supreme Truth. They are being directed by an individual who has a selfish motive. Supreme Truth is never at wrong but it is followers who are wrong. Importance should be given to one’s personal truth – a person has to do the search and arrive at conclusion on what the person wants to believe. Once a person starts believing in a particular Tru